Presidents Cup ranks second on Gladiators wish list
THE Goodna Gladiators will take on a wounded Pine Rivers this weekend for the Presidents Cup.
The top two teams at the halfway point of the Barber Cup competition, Goodna and Pine Rivers have been overtaken by the resurgent Wynnum Bugs.
On Saturday, Wynnum handed Pine Rivers their first loss of the season with a 29-17 victory at home.
The result means the Gladiators now have an opportunity to win the Presidents Cup and become the competition leaders when they host Pine Rivers on July 1.
"We always knew Wynnum were the team to beat,” Goodna coach Walter Seapule said.
"Just like Caboolture they are starting to get a lot of players back at the moment.
"Our goal for the second half of the season is to remain undefeated but if we win the Presidents Cup that will be a big bonus.”
Goodna continued their strong start to the season with convincing wins over Caboolture in both Barber and Pegg Cup clashes.
Hosting the reigning premiers on Saturday, the Gladiators began the day with a dominant 52-19 win before securing a 33-17 victory in First Grade.
Although victorious, Goodna were under the pump early in the match against the visitors.
"It was a good finish but it didn't start off well,” Seapule admitted.
"The were up 7-0 and were camped in our 22 for 20 minutes of the first half.
"The boys were trying too hard to score a try and were just making more mistakes.
"Once we went back to playing simple we started playing hard and straight like the old Goodna.
"As soon as we did that we put on three quick tries and got in front.”
The last time Goodna played against Pine Rivers it was a 15-10 defeat for the Gladiators.
With the Boars looking to bounce back from their loss to Wynnum, Seapule said Goodna could not afford to take their opposition lightly.
"We are not nervous about Pine Rivers because we know we cost ourselves the game last time we played,” he said.
"We had a lot of Pegg Cup players stepping up that week.
"This time it is a home game so we don't have to worry about numbers. It will be a big week at training because everyone wants to be in that team.”
The Ipswich Rangers and Goodna Gladiators have this weekend off before coming back in round nine.
The Rangers take on Caboolture at Kevin Kaeser Oval on July 1.
QSRU round 8.
Barber Cup: Goodna Gladiators 33 def Caboolture Snakes 17 at Evan Marginson Oval.
Pegg Cup: Goodna Gladiators 52 def Caboolture Snakes 19 at Evan Marginson Oval.
Ipswich Rangers bye.